Ill start at the beginning.... I spent months looking forward to staying at the Stanley. I'm a historical hotel nut. Really like hotels from the 1890s to the 1940s. They are just beautiful. I love hearing of the historical facts about the building from the people that built them to the renovations etc.
Upon arriving at the Stanley I parked in back and made my way to the front desk. Walked through the gardens that smelled phenomenal! The gentleman at the front desk was not very friendly AT ALL. It was sign this sign that and quit bothering me kinda moment. I asked a few questions about the hotel- a quick yes or no with out any detail. Questions about the keys behind him and the year it was opened to the public as a hotel kinda things. Then he told me that our two rooms were on the second floor and I could take the bags into the back. I don't know about you but I at least expected an old school bell hop. Was kinda disappointed. Id pay someone well for me to not have to tote my luggage around the hotel.
After getting into the room I abruptly discovered it was not the historical hotel I was expecting. We had a cheap brass 1980's ceiling fan that clicked. The very pretty table was scratched all to pieces. The 1980's tile in the bathroom was cracked and the grout was very very nasty. The Shower curtain was moldy and approximately 4-6 inches too long inside the shower. I slipped on it and about busted my butt later that night. There was also no book or information about the hotel in our room. I would have at least expected fire safety information, stuff about the town, and where to find the ice machine inside the room- Upon asking the desk clerk later- they dont give you those. (What really would be neat if there was a book that told you of all the transformation your individual room has gone through.) If your looking for information about the hotel, you need to pay for a tour. I wasn't there for the ghost hunting stuff and I didnt care to hear about that and each tour goes into that. Not my thing. I go on vacation to stay away from people, not be herded through halls with them.
We went to the Cascades Whiskey Bar that night and sat there for about 15 minutes and never got served. Only when I walked to the other end of the bar to pick up the menu did the bartenders come over to us. (Mind you they were really busy) We did get our drinks and they were awesome I did the Angel whiskey and my husband had the red rum punch. As the night progressed I also tried the Black Orchid martini and the creme brulee. The martini was great but the creme brulee lacked that good crust on the top of it. It was like they made them and toasted them earlier in the day and stuffed it in a fridge and it got soggy. The bartender turned out to be really great, friendly and had an awesome conversation with him. The man that had rang everything in got some things messed up and we ended up getting charged for a soup also but the bartender that was serving us fixed the problem.
Everyone complains about the squeeky floor and lack of AC... those things make this hotel what it is... a 100 year old hotel. I have no problem with those things. What killed it for me was the "ghost hunters" running around the hotel at all hours of the night and day. Blocking up the hallways and going places they shouldnt be. I had to show my room key to get onto the property so why are they allowed on if they arent staying onsite. Just for a suggestion, make small cards that sit on the dashboard so as we come in people dont have to dig around for their room key. As an added touch, add the name and the man at the gate can actually greet you. (Just a great touch of customer service). The next day we went to the national park and came back. We were missing hand towels and wash clothes out of the room, as well as a bath mat. I had to use the towels for a bath mat. Not happy about that.
The next night we had reservations at the Cascades for dinner. Great dinner and service. We weren't offered a wine menu so I asked. They only serve a few types of wine by the glass. I enjoyed the wine I had but to be honest I dont even know what it was. Never saw the bottle or got a name. The "pawns" were more like large shrimp and the brussel sprouts werent good at all. LOVED the glazed carrots and probably the best meatloaf Ive ever had in my life. (Dont tell my mom.) My husband and I walked around the hotel to enjoy observe the architecture. Beautiful place that I wish they had done more to retain the original charm of a 100 year old hotel. The only place I saw anything that could remotely be period was the tile in the 3rd floor ice room. The pictures start to repeat themselves throughout the hotel. The doors on the 4th floor that lead to the back entrances are beautiful. (But shouldnt be left open all night long. Had bugs in the hallways- as well as strange people). That night, the friend my husband and I took with us, staying in the second room, 218, had a strange fellow knock on his door in the middle of the night. After a moment he opened the room door and saw a young man dressed in all black wondering through the halls, presumably a "ghost hunter". The bed was comfortable and nice. Wouldn't stay there in the summer. Late may was nice, had the windows open and the window fans they provided set up in the bathroom and bedroom. Didn't care for the wing on the headboard as "old timey" as they looked. Couldn't see the alarm clock. My husband and his friend both really enjoyed The Shining playing 24 hrs a day on channel 42. I thought it was a cute touch also. Would like to have known more about Mr.Stanley and his wife and what I presume to be the servants quarters on the 4th floor. Smaller doors. In fact almost all floors had different doors, the 3rd floor closest to the back of the hotel had transoms, thought that was odd. Disappointed when we went down to the basement that the "Archieves" are closed to people who take the tours and that they have their own resident "physic" ... really? Ok. Im done. This place could be absolutely fantastic with just a bit of added touch and an owner that actually cared to be apart of the "national historic register." Wont go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Stanley Hotel is a luxurious historic landmark hotel in a spectacular mountain-view location, offering old-world charm matched with the latest of modern amenities. Take a ghosts and history tour... Enjoy free wireless Internet access throughout the property... Indulge in our full-service spa... Experience Cascades Restaurant... Savor a Starbucks’ Coffee... Or just relax and enjoy the view from your luxurious room, suite or private villa! Come, experience The Stanley Hotel: 7,500 feet above the ordinary in beautiful Estes Park, an hour from Denver and minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park.The Stanley Hotel is a luxurious historic landmark hotel in a spectacular mountain-view location, offering old-world charm matched with the latest of modern amenities ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stanley Estes Park
- Stanley Hotel Colorado
- Stanley Hotel Estes Park Colorado